Whole Oats -vs- Seed Oats

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  1. Brow_Tine

    Brow_Tine Member

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    What is the difference between whole oats and seed oats?
    The only difference I can see is that the seeds oats may have a coating on them.
     
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    Seed oats are cleaned. Whole oats are a feed stock and they are very dirty, and there's a good chance they're carrying Oat Country's finest roundup resistant weed seeds.
     
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    I always plant whole oats, or, in other terms, oats that are designated for animal feed. Why? They are $14 per hundred vs $115 per hundred for seed oats. I've never had much of a problem with weed seed contamination, most of the contamination is bits of stems and corn kernels. At the price savings I can deal with a few weeds if any would show up, and since the deer can't read in my county because it's like a third world country, they think I'm planting BFO and they go plum crazy over them.
     
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    After a summer of fighting Marstail and Pigweed, I've got to agree with MarkDarvin; no way am I risking introducing herbicide resistant weeds to my plots anymore. A person would be many times money ahead to keep that crap out.
    I use to buy whole seed for my plots and was somewhat of a proponent for that. And even though I think the weed problems that I had this yr were from nearby fields that had them and not my "whole seed", I still think the risk it too high to justify the potential cost. That crap cost me a ton of time and money this yr! There is no easy fix for those weeds.
     
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    Great feedback, thanks guys!
     
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    I stopped down the my local coop last week looking for Winter rye. They didn't have any nor did they have any winter wheat or oats. I bought a bag of oats or wheat, cant remember what one that were intended for feed. I never thought about the weed seed issue!
     
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    What's the price difference?

    Some guys I hunt with took a bag of livestock feed wheat and dumped it in a 3' circle. The stuff was growin!

    I'm not sure what germination % differences there are
     
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    I notill drill livestock feed wheat to a specific planter setting, the same as I do for certified seed, and I've never noticed a difference in germination rates
     
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    That seems awfully high for seed oats. I don't think your yield would hardly cover the cost of the seed. I'd find another seed dealer.

    I got my hands on a bunch of seed oats at dealer cost because someone cancelled the order. I paid $4/bushel. Clean tagged rye seed is only $13/bushel here. I think my barley was $16/bushel.


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    LOL at "county like a third world country"!!!!
    Mennoniteman, your post reminded me of this old Benny Hill bit:
     
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    Haha, good one. Yah, I guess we're still more civilized than a third world country.
     

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